Light displays, parades, festivals and theater fill Chicago's event calendar in November and December, making it a beautiful and fun city to be in during the holidays. Every one of Chicago's famous museums has its own annual holiday exhibit, but the most "Chicago" thing to do is peer in the animated windows of Macy's on State Street (http://www.visitmacysusa.com/visitor-center/macys-state-street) in what used to be the Marshall Fields department store. Afterward, go inside the store to shop, and admire the 45-foot Great Tree while indulging in a chicken pot pie at the famous Walnut Room restaurant. If you want to play outdoors, rent ice skates and take a spin around the outdoor ice rinks at Millennium Park or Maggie Daley Park. If the weather's bad (as it often is), ice skate indoors on the top of the John Hancock building. Those who prefer to stay out of the cold might consider seeing one of Chicago's beloved holiday theater productions, such as Joffrey Ballet's "The Nutcracker" (http://www.joffrey.org) or Goodman Theatre's "A Christmas Carol." (http://www.goodmantheatre.org/)Animal lovers will appreciate the elaborate "Zoo Lights" light display set up at the Lincoln Park Zoo (http://www.lpzoo.org), or see more than 60 trees decorated from countries around the world at the Museum of Science & Industry's "Christmas Around the World and Holiday of Light" exhibit (http://www.msichicago.org).